World Think­ing Day teaches Girl Scouts about neigh­bors

Record Observer - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­

STEVENSVILLE — Al­most 200 lo­cal Girl Scouts gath­ered at the Kent Is­land Amer­i­can Le­gion, Post 278, in Stevensville, Sun­day af­ter­noon, Feb. 19, for the an­nual World Think­ing Day celebration. The event al­lows Girl Scout troops to spon­sor a learn­ing booth about a na­tion of the world, and for those at­tend­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence an­other cul­ture, learn about that na­tion’s his­tory, and even sam­ple au­then­tic foods from that na­tion.

Seven­teen dif­fer­ent coun­tries were cho­sen by the troops to ex­hibit from a list of more than 60 na­tions. The na­tions fea­tured were: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Den­mark, Egypt, Fin­land, Ger­many, Greece, Italy, Ja­maica, Ja­pan, Kenya, Mex­ico, Poland, Rus­sia, Spain and Turkey.

The event be­gan with the Pledge of Al­le­giance to the Amer­i­can flag, fol­lowed a Pa­rade of Na­tions, with each troop car­ry­ing the flag of their booth’s fea­tured na­tion around the large ban­quet hall in­side the Amer­i­can Le­gion. The girls at­tend­ing were en­cour­aged to visit each booth, and get their “pass­port” stamped as they learned some­thing about each coun­try.

The food sam­ples from each na­tion were very in­ter­est­ing. Spain pro­vided “al­co­hol-free san­gria” made from fresh squeezed fruit. Fin­land served warm straw­berry soup. One of the mother’s iden­ti­fied her­self a a na­tive of Fin­land. She said Fin­land’s coast­line is kept quite warm due to trop­i­cal cur­rents mov­ing through that re­gion and al­lows straw­ber­ries to be grown there. The soup was pleas­ant — sweet and en­joy­able, visi­tors said. The Girl Scout hosts of Mex­ico, wear­ing mini som­breros, pro­vided sam­plings of na­chos with salsa. The Ja­panese booth had “sushi” made from Rice Krispies, and Rus­sia pro­vided sweet baked cakes that re­sem­bled tiny cup­cakes.

Each year the Girl Scouts or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for the girls to learn about na­tions from around the world, es­pe­cially re­ly­ing on the cre­ativ­ity of the unit/troop lead­ers and hav­ing the girls them­selves par­tic­i­pate in the pre­sen­ta­tions.


Dis­play­ing the cul­ture of Mex­ico, from the left, Girl Scouts Han­nah Ha­gan, Riley Napier and Han­nah Kries of Troop 487 in Centreville of­fered in­for­ma­tion and a sam­pling of na­chos and salsa as part of their ex­hibit dur­ing World Think­ing Day Sun­day af­ter­noon, Feb. 19, at KI Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 278 in Stevensville.

As part of Girl Scout World Think­ing Day these Bay Area Girl Scouts were en­cour­aged to taste the cul­ture of a for­eign na­tion. From the left, Girl Scouts Claire Anne Tay­lor, Hailee Martino and Kather­ine Monoghan of Centreville Troop 816 pro­vided “al­co­hol free San­gria” made of fresh fruit to rep­re­sent the na­tion of Spain. Troop-mate Jenna Pa­trick was not pic­tured as she car­ried the flag of Spain in the open­ing Pa­rade of Na­tions.

Egypt was rep­re­sented at this booth by mem­bers of Troop 534 of In­gle­side/Sudlersville, from the left, Bailee Hast­ings and Paige Ruff. His­tory and ba­sic in­for­ma­tion about Egypt was ex­hib­ited.

Pre­sent­ing the African na­tion of Kenya, Girl Scouts from Troop 630 in Centreville kneel in front of their dis­play. From the left, Ava Weaver, Li­lah Paddy, Anna Milden­berger, Sam­mie Mar­coni, Ally Root, and Ca­t­rina Grom­ley. It was one of 17 dif­fer­ent na­tions ex­hib­ited in the Girl Scouts World Think­ing Day pro­gram, Sun­day af­ter­noon, Feb. 19.

Brownie Girl Scout Alek­san­dra Cook (far right) dressed in au­then­tic Rus­sian at­tire, served as guide for her mother’s na­tive Rus­sia, ex­plain­ing to other Girl Scouts about the his­tory and her­itage of this na­tion. Rus­sia was one of 17 dif­fer­ent na­tions ex­hib­ited at the an­nual Girl Scout World Think­ing Day at KI Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 278 in Stevensville, Sun­day af­ter­noon, Feb. 19.

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